PC vs Mac features
Make all features that are available in Microsoft PC also available for Mac users. I am fortunate enough to have both a PC and a Mac but it is very frustrating having to go between the 2 operating systems ... the function in particular is the Developer tab. I apparently cannot restrict editing on individual features in a document (say an image), only restrict editing by sections.
Thanks for the feedback! Please feel free to comment and let us know what features specifically you’d like made available on the Mac.
Owais Khan commented
instant account switching!!!
Natalie W commented
Yes this! The ability to pick a custom color palette and fonts for a custom theme is missing from the Mac version. As a designer who uses a Mac and needs to make our word documents align with our brand guidelines, I'm desperately missing this feature. It's incredibly frustrating to have to re-insert all of my custom colors every time.
The ability to embed fonts is also missing. And there isn't support for svg files. Honestly a lot of things that I, as a designer, need in order to format word document beautifully and easily are missing.
Erik Kerstel commented
I am missing one feature in particular: the Equation Editor being able to switch to LaTeX mode.
Please, please add the Right Click > Paste options
Live Preview! Please add this feature like the one from windows. For example, when you highlight text then hover over a font, it displays the highlighted text in that font without actually clicking on the font.
Restrict Editing functionality should be similar. I have users collaborating on a document across multiple platforms and messing with the document styles. There's no way I can lock down styles from my machine.
Jim Robinson commented
@Word Product Team:
One of the most frustrating things (for me) about MS Office 365 is the overall disparity between Windows and Mac versions. You charge us the same $$ but new features are rolled out in Windows that never make it to Mac.
I can appreciate that not all features are easily implemented on both platforms, but there are many things for while (again, IMO) there is simply no excuse for not doing. It's as if Microsoft is selling two separate products... which I'm sure is the reality. That's both annoying and too bad for all of us (including the Mac team).
[Deleted User] commented
When moving your mouse over headings or picture changes on PC you see them instantly in your document as your move your mouse over various options. On Mac you have to actually click the change you want for it to be visible.
When you right click in the text, there should be a short cut to text formation, fx colour and kursiv like in windows
I purchased the new office so I could access word 2016. I wanted to be able to build forms and restrict editing of certain areas. I am very disappointed that I purchased because i could have just continued to use Word 2011. This is ridiculous and needs to be fixed. It's not fair to Mac users.
I was looking for the restrict button to edit a document, disappointed that MAC doesn't have this feature. Cant understand why. Seems ridiculous !!
Brian Stollery commented
When I have numerous word documents open, and I restart my computer , the documents USED TO come back in Microsoft Office 11. They no longer reopen in Microsoft Office 2016. PLEASE bring back this feature.
Robert Lehnen commented
I also have MS Office for the Mac and Windows. MS should have made the interface for Office the same for the Mac and Windows versions. Not having this functionality doubles my work time. I hate this software with a passion. Please, please improve this product so that I can recover my sanity.
Bring back the publishing view in Word 2016 please. Mac users are not able to use Microsoft Publisher. We need the publishing view to efficiently create things like flyers and newsletters.
Zach Bennett commented
Vector Image Support please. I can make vector images or pngs on a program I use a lot, but I have to save high resolution pngs that take up space and bloat word documents right now that I would much rather have as svgs.
Why can't Word for Mac have ALL the same features as Word for Windows? What is the problem? Is it due to inept Mac engineers or inept Word engineers? Either way you look at it, Mac users are getting the crap end of the stick and I for one am tired of it. It wastes so much of my time, that I'm tempted to file a lawsuit. Someone needs to do something!!!!
Ribbon & QuickAccess Toolbar are different/inferior: e.g., I cannot choose the "font" or "font size" boxes from Home Tab to put in QAT, as they aren't listed in "commands from Home Tab" even though they are in the tab. I can't find anywhere the very similar box to select styles. There is no option to move the QAT below the ribbon. I cannot effectively customize QAT bec majority of commands are only accessible to the ribbon, not the QAT--and for the ribbon, I have to put any particular commands in a separate new tab, can't add to existing tabs (e.g., Home tab). Many commands show up in QAT as blank circles, so can't tell what they are. There is no way to select either ribbon or menu items without using mouse. Is there a key combo to apply a diff style? on PC I use [ALT]1 and type the style name, very easy, no pause to use the mouse.
I agree with you guys. In addition to this there's a bug in the handling of form documents. Ever tried to lift a password from it? All entered data (checkboxes) will be gone when you re-enable the password protection. Does not happen with Word for Windows and this issue exists for years, but nobody has ever fixed it.
Mr Stephen Elmer commented
It's very frustrating to see how many features in Office are not available to MAC users. We pay the same price but get a second rate product.
Specially when it comes to integrating vector images into a word document, the new word 2017 for Mac is kind of a p... i. t.. a.. . If you want to integrate a vector image on mac, you are lost (completely lost). There is no longer a supported format (while in Word 2010 for mac pdf was widely useable).
On PC i can integrate an svg file - but in the background, word uses svg for PCs and changes the svg into a png for macs. The file then contains both files - which makes it bigger in filesize.
Not being able to use vectors on a mac is a bit weired, because macs are made for good looking grafics... And: in PPT i can integrate vectors via the clipboard with ease - why is this not in word?